Which power adapter do I need for using a clothes iron in Turkmenistan?

Turkmen power outlet

Summary

Check your clothes iron can work in Turkmenistan:

  • If your clothes iron can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed below if the plug on your clothes iron won't fit.

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you might still need to use an appropriate power adapter for Turkmenistan but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Turkmen power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter will change the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Turkmenistan, so please check that your power converter comes with an appropriate power adapter for Turkmenistan otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Note - your personal clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you risk damage in your luggage. [9] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your clothes iron in Turkmenistan please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Turkmenistan

Will my clothes iron work in Turkmenistan?

That depends on if your clothes iron is designed to handle the 220 volts as used in Turkmenistan. If you're using either a dual voltage clothes iron or your clothes iron is designed to handle 220 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use it in Turkmenistan. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter. Read our section on can you use a voltage converter with a clothes iron in Turkmenistan for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [9] [AD]

Turkmenistan power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used with a Turkmen power outlet?

The frequency from a Turkmen power outlet is 50 Hz. [10]

What voltage is used in Turkmenistan?

Power outlets in Turkmenistan are 220 volts.

Which power adapter do you need for using a clothes iron in Turkmenistan?

Type B, C and F power outlets

Which power adapter do you need for using a clothes iron in Turkmenistan?

There are three types of power outlets used in Turkmenistan, types C, B and F with the primary power outlets being type C:

  • Plug Type A - This wall outlet (called the type A power outlet) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this wall outlet by 2 slots parallel to each other where the two blades slide into with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify this wall outlet by 2 holes next to each other where the two pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall outlet by two holes 19 mm apart from each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type C plug adapter allows you to use a 220 volt clothes iron in Turkmenistan, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a clothes iron in Turkmenistan. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to confirm if you need to bring a voltage converter.  [6] [11] [AD]

Dual voltage travel irons

Is my clothes iron dual voltage?

The way to tell if your clothes iron supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your clothes iron and could also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other models will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Turkmenistan then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Turkmen power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 220 volts used in a Turkmen power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Turkmenistan.
  • Dual voltage will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Turkmenistan or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Turkmenistan with a clothes iron

Can you bring a clothes iron in your carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Turkmenistan will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also advices wrapping cords tightly around electric items such as clothes irons. If you intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.   [12] [13] [AD]

Power converters for Turkmenistan

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter?

A heavy and bulky power converter transforms a 220 volt Turkmen power outlet to work with a non-220 volt clothes iron, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to slot into a power outlet in Turkmenistan. [9] [AD]

Do I need a voltage converter to use a clothes iron in Turkmenistan?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) allows your clothes iron using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Turkmenistan. Travellers who want to use their own domestic clothes iron can use a power converter, however it could be less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also, a power converter is considerably bulkier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable when travelling. [9] [AD]

How to use a clothes iron in Turkmenistan using a type B power adapter

How to use your clothes iron in Turkmenistan with a three pin Type B travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions because you might damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel irons might sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts, please refer to the user guide for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Turkmenistan you will need to bring a Type B plug adapter [4]. The Type B plug adapter will help fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Turkmenistan by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type B plug adapter in the Turkmen power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 slots where the blades slide into with a semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin. Please note that power cords used with type B plugs which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used so we suggest checking first.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Turkmen power outlet. The iron can now be used in Turkmenistan.
How to use a clothes iron in Turkmenistan using a type B power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Turkmenistan using a type C power adapter

How to use your clothes iron in Turkmenistan with a Type C power charger.

  1. Check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Turkmenistan; refer to the instructions for more details on where this switch is found.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Turkmenistan. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Turkmenistan by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This unearthed wall supply can be identified by two round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Next plug in the clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Turkmen power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the iron in Turkmenistan.
How to use a clothes iron in Turkmenistan using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Turkmenistan using a type F power adapter

How to use your clothes iron in Turkmenistan with a two pin Type F travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel irons might sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Turkmenistan; refer to the instructions for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [8] if the type of power outlet which is used in Turkmenistan isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your clothes iron. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Turkmenistan by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it into the Turkmen power outlet. The sunken circular power supply can be identified by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Turkmen power outlet. The iron can now be used in Turkmenistan.
How to use a clothes iron in Turkmenistan using a type F power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Turkmenistan
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, priced at £4-£5.
  5. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated cost under £10.
  7. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced £5-£10.
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, £130-£140.
  10. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  11. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  12. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  13. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced around £40.